Festivals in Summer Hill

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When organizers were planning last year's inaugural Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival, they expected about 1,000 people to show up. They ended up with a crowd of more than 7,000. And it's no wonder, considering how highly the European dumpling ranks among the city's beloved foods. As Stephan Bontrager, one of the organizers of the fest, told the Post-Gazette in 2013, pierogis are "one of those Pittsburgh pride things."

Locals can once again show their love for the chewy concoctions at this year's fest, where there will be at least 15 vendors serving both traditional and contemporary versions. Perennial favorite Gosia's will be using a pierogi recipe handed down through generations of their Polish family, while Square Cafe will be giving attendees another chance to taste their coffee-spiked dumplings. There'll be plenty to do besides eat, of course. Other attractions include a beer tent (sponsored by Yuengling) and a pop-up market with handcrafted gifts such as pierogi earrings and toasty pierogi slippers.

400 N Shore Dr
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Pittsburgh Magazine fills subscribers' mailboxes with 13 annual issues detailing the city's food, business, sports, and culture. In featured issues, writers highlight recent local human-interest stories, guides to weekend getaways, and spotlights on eclectic spots, famous cemeteries, or the place where Fred Rogers became Mr. Rogers after donning a radioactive sweater. Each year, the Best of the 'Burgh poll lets readers anoint their favorite city eateries, entertainment, and other local merchants.

100 Art Rooney Ave.
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Each year, visitors from around the world come to Pittsburgh to celebrate international artwork. There's just one catch: the drawings and portraits here are on the attendees' skin. The Steel City Tattoo Convention?presented by prolific tattoo artist Shane O'Neill?draws in more than 70 featured artists from as far away as France and Sweden. They not only showcase their previous works, but also tattoo new creations right on the convention floor, creating a chorus of buzzing needles that should confound any bees within city limits. The onsite tattooing is convenient, since it allows for last-minute entries into the convention's contests, including "Best Sleeve" and "Best Portrait Color."

1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

The Silk Screen Asian-American Film Festival, part of a larger vision for a future Asia Center of Pittsburgh, is an annual event highlighting the considerable cinematic output of filmmakers from India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, and Iran, as well as other nations you might one day inhabit according to childhood sessions of "Spin the Globe." This year's event—the fifth annual—features a slate of films to rival past years' entries. This year's flicks include such noteworthy efforts as The Harimaya Bridge, Cooking with Stella, and The Taqwacores, among many others. Your pass gives you access to eight of the festival's films, giving you the chance to give a total of 24 thumbs up.

809 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Market Square Merchants Association is dedicated to the revitalized and bustling downtown area known as Market Square. A gathering space for businesspeople, students, and those who abhor circles, the historical square flourishes with a savory array of cuisines, free summer concerts, and farmers' markets bursting with locally culled vegetables and fruits.

210 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Fronted by British-Nigerian lead singer Sade Adu, Grammy-winning band Sade has seduced eardrums with a potent mélange of R & B, soul, and jazz for nearly 30 years. Special guest John Legend will also throw his honeyed voice into the ring, soothing ears that have been damaged by the cacophony of city life and the screeching of prima-donna chalkboards. Singing songs from the new compilation album The Ultimate Collection, Sade will delight fans with greatest hits from her storied career, as well as a smattering of brand-new songs, melding soul-stroking vocals with eye-tickling dancing and onstage spectacle.

1001 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh,
PA
US